Today, the hip-hop icon shared album cut "Jarreau of Rap (Skatt Attack)," which features the late vocalist Al Jarreau and trumpeter Keyon Harrold. The track was produced by Xharlie Black.
Worlds away from the steady boom-bap sound Nas helped define, the song finds the rapper quickly rhyming on a sample of Jarreau scatting over Dave Brubeck's instrumental "Blue Rondo à la Turk."
Nas raps, "Doubting me they said I would have no longevity / Instead I'm steadily rapping these fundamentals / I assemble these sentences / 'Cause someone said that I've been unadventurous."
Some listeners were quick to praise Nas' adventurous work, pointing out that he is the son of jazz musician Olu Dara, in addition to mentioning the litany of jazz samples that make up his most celebrated work. One YouTuber even wrote in the comment section, "This the type of song that will get you studied in college courses. This is musical history."
Can't wait till Nas drops Lost Tapes 2... that Al Jarreau joint is fire— SuperDuperCed (@Cedric_Toni) July 12, 2019
Interesting...i don't think Nas ever raps this fast. This is pretty goodhttps://t.co/3rXFZp90rm— Balanced-Ass Breakfast (@RealKnowledge) July 12, 2019
Nas & Al Jarreau song is too 🔥🔥🔥 i grew up on Al and Nas is my favorite rapper. There's no way this song could have failed me lol— Lil Uzi Introvert (@SlimMusic) July 12, 2019
Others were much more critical of the song, with one Twitter user writing that it "should have stayed lost." Another wrote that the Jarreau-sampling beat "sounds like the music that plays in Mario when you're almost out of time."
Shit's...dope.— Wack Honda Forever (@sheistykhrist) July 12, 2019
This joint should have stayed in the vault.— Taurine Footie (@chamberhands) July 12, 2019
the beat on this new nas sounds like the music that plays in mario when you're almost out of time. can someone please tell him to hang it up— 「desp」 (@bigracks) July 12, 2019
Wow man "Jarreau Of Rap" is one of the worst ideas in a career of bad ideas https://t.co/kM8ATEEnsz— Room Temperature Boy Summer (@fromoldharlem) July 12, 2019
I just listened to Jarreau Of Rap by Nas and I feel ... pic.twitter.com/H52UL2IHmS— راشد (@ThePsychoRashed) July 12, 2019
i like nas— poop brother HH (@BigHPrivateEye) July 12, 2019
i like al jarreau
but i dont ever want them 2 niggas on the same song ever again
Nas tryna delete "Jarreau of rap" tomorrow— Diez Pieza Asesino (@Meezyblvd) July 12, 2019
Nas, Al Jarreau & Keyon Harrold - Jarreau of Rap (Skatt Attack)  pic.twitter.com/5HfoT41hIF— Palmolive stan account🦓🦓 (@o__mighty) July 12, 2019
The Lost Tapes 2 arrives July 19 via Mass Appeal/Def Jam.